PERFORMING ARTS: Claremont theater listings

BALCH AUDITORIUM: 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. 607-2671.

—Friday, December 6: Friday, Noon Concert featuring Quartet Euphoria with music by Beethoven. Free admission. 12:15 p.m.

BRIDGES AUDITORIUM: 450 N. College Way, Pomona College. Box-office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 607-1139. Tickets may be purchased online; you can easily choose seats at

—December 7 through 15: Inland Pacific Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Shows on December 7 and 8 include a live orchestra. Show times are December 7 and 14 at 1 and 7 p.m., and December 8 and 15 at 1 p.m.

—Sunday, December 22: Christmas in Ireland, one special performance this holiday season. $25. Discounts available for children, seniors and military. 2 p.m.

—Sunday, January 19: New Shanghai Circus. Fearless performers with boundless energy bring you more than 2000 years of Chinese circus traditions. $25. Discounts available for children, seniors and military. 2 p.m.

BRIDGES HALL OF MUSIC: Pomona College, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. 607-2671.

—Friday and Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. and November 24 at 3 p.m.: Pomona College Band conducted by Graydon Beeks with music by Ives, Shepherd and others. Free admission.

—Sunday, December 1: Joseph Ognibene will travel from Reykjavik, Iceland, to perform at Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, where he performed during his college years. He returns to perform solo at the free Claremont Symphony concert at 3:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations are needed. See for directions. Originally from southern California, Mr. Ognibene grew up in Claremont, attended Claremont High School and graduated from Pomona College in 1979. After studying the horn with LA Philharmonic hornist Ralph Pyle at Pomona College and later with Hollywood legend Vincent De Rosa, he went to Europe to study with Hermann Baumann and won third prize at the Prague Spring International Music Competition. In 1981 Mr. Ognibene became the principal horn of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He is also a founding member of the Reykjavik Wind Quintet. For over 30 years, Mr. Ognibene has concertized with the ISO and RWQ all over the world and can be heard with them in countless CD recordings. Mr. Ognibene is currently VP of the International Horn Society. Four Russian compositions will be performed by the Claremont Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of its music director Robert Sage.

—Friday, December 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m.: Pomona College Choir will perform Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia” and works by Tavener, Bruckner and Mendelssohn.

—Monday, December 9: Giri Kusuma, traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance. 8 p.m.


CANDLELIGHT PAVILION: 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening shows: dinner at 6 p.m., performance at 8:15 p.m.; Sunday evening shows: dinner at 5 p.m., performance at 7:15 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees: lunch at 11 a.m., performance at 12:45 p.m. 626-1254, ext.1 or

—Through November 24: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

—November 30 through December 28: Because it’s Christmas.

DRINKWARD RECITAL HALL: 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont at Harvey Mudd College.

—Wednesday, December 11: Jazz improvisation. 8 p.m.

—Thursday, December 12: Student recital. 7 p.m.

—Sunday, December 15: Student Computer music concert. 7 p.m.

GARRISON THEATER: 231 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Scripps College Performing Arts Center. 607-2634 or visit

—Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m.: The Claremont Concert Orchestra, the Claremont Concert Choir and the Claremont Chorale celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Garrison Theater and the tenth anniversary of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center by performing Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125.” Scripps College Assistant Professor of Music David Cubek will prepare the orchestra and lead the performances. Associate Professor of Music Charles W. Kamm and Gregory Norton will prepare the choirs. This program revisits the celebratory opening of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center in 2003, at which the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps interpreted Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125.”

LYMAN HALL: Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont.

—Saturday, November 23: Pomona College Jazz Ensemble directed by Barb Catlin. 8 p.m.

—Monday, December 2: Pomona College Afro-Cuban Drumming Ensemble directed by Joe Addington. 8 p.m.

—Wednesday, December 4: Pomona College Sea Chanty and Maritime Music Ensemble directed by Gibb Schreffler with songs and chanties from the “Age of Sailing Ships.” 8 p.m.

—Tuesday, December 10: Student recital. 7 p.m.

—Wednesday, December 11: Student recital. 7 p.m.


Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: Thursday at 5 p.m., one week before publication. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Email: Fax: 621-4072. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, 91711. There is NO guarantee that items submitted will be published.




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